Second Round of ACM Awards Performers Announced; Della Mae Selected for State Department’s American Music Abroad; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | March 13th, 2012

  • Pam Tillis was a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race last night. The full episode, called “Dragazines,” can be streamed here.
  • Darrell Scott considers “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “To Live’s to Fly,” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” to be “perfect songs.” 
  • Here’s a feature on Echo Mountain, the Asheville, North Carolina recording studio that’s hosted T-Bone Burnett, Justin Townes Earle, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more.
  • The Library of Congress is preserving old recordings with the help of IRENE, a system that uses digital imaging to retrieve sound from historical recordings made on discs and cylinders that might otherwise be unplayable. IRENE allows damaged recordings – a disc broken into separate pieces, for example – to be reassembled digitally and for the sonic debris of pops, skips and distortions to be cleared away just as a technician might Photoshop a blemish from a photograph.
  • Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, Arlo Guthrie, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more paid musical tribute to Woody Guthrie in Tulsa.
  • Buddy Melton of Balsam Range was injured in a farm accident yesterday. While loading cattle, he was kicked in the face, breaking several bones. According to a post on the band’s website, Melton is stable and showing signs of improvement, but there are several surgeries on the horizon. The band will perform with a temporary replacement until he is well.
  • Barry Mazor interviewed Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons and Buddy Miller (who produced the band’s new album, Leaving Eden) in this article about the Chocolate Drops for the Wall Street Journal. An excerpt:  “You do justice to a worthy original,” Mr. Flemons says, “not by doing it exactly like it was done, but by making sure what you do is interesting in relation to it—no matter how far out you may go with it. I’ll get the heritage behind a song and sometimes I’ll have a connection in a literal sort of way; other times it’s more abstract—how would I want the tone to sound on that, or what singing style would fit with this particular style, and what instruments? Should it have a slightly Latin touch, the ‘Spanish tinge’? And it’s a string-band song, so then let’s put in horns. It’s alchemy.”
  • Chris Young, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and Rascal Flatts have been added to the 2012 ACM Awards lineup of performers.
  • Noam Pikelny likes Thundercats, Buck Owens, and pedal steel, according to this questionnaire.
  • Here’s an article about “concert calamities,” like when artists trip and fall on their faces or their instruments fall apart mid-song. What concert calamities have you seen?
  • Caine O’Rear of American Songwriter chats with Cody Canada.
  • Here’s another American Songwriter Q&A, this one with The Little Willies. A Norah Jones quote about her favorite cover songs on the Willies’ new record: I love how “Fist City” and “Jolene” are two very different takes on the same kind of situation: “another woman stealing my man.” Dolly Parton’s begging her not to do it, and Loretta Lynn is telling her she is going to get her ass beat if she does.
  • This week’s album releases:

Shooter Jennings Family Man (Currently $3.99 on Amazon)

Lucero Women & Work

Logan Mize Nobody in Nashville

Sam Lewis Sam Lewis

Infamous Stringdusters Silver Sky

And a book: Don McLeese – Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere 

  1. nm
    March 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    My absolutely favorite concert calamity happened about 10 years ago, and I don’t think anything will ever top it. Rosie Flores was doing a show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ, and her band was going to back up Wanda Jackson as the headliner. She had this very young bass player, Chris Scruggs — the first time I had ever seen him. Well, Chris had a new upright bass, and then all of a sudden he didn’t. Instead, he had a nice bass neck, with strings hanging off it, and a bunch of pieces of wood around his feet on the stage. Consternation ensued.

    The guy is such a trouper that he proceeded to pick up the electric bass that the opening act had left on stage, and play it bare-handed. And someone in the audience had a standup bass at home a few blocks away, and went to fetch it, and it was there by the time Wanda Jackson came out. And the bass that fell apart was later repaired. But still, I don’t think I’ll ever see anything like that again, not outside of a slapstick movie.

  2. Andrew
    March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Last year I went to a Miranda Lambert show and Justin Moore was one of the openers. At one point he got too close to the edge of the stage and fell off. His height (or lack thereof) made it especially funny because he completely disappeared into a crowd of people taller than him. After his set, the crew put glow in the dark tape around the edges so Miranda wouldn’t do the same thing.

  3. Rick
    March 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Enjoyed the article about the Woody Guthrie concert. My favorite few sentences:
    “His home state of Oklahoma…has resisted formally acknowledging his cultural influence because of his liberal politics. Although Guthrie is by most measures the most celebrated musician ever to come out of the Sooner State, in recent years many have resisted public commemorations. In the 2008 presidential election, Oklahoma was the only state in the U.S. in which every county voted for the Republican ticket. As different speakers noted during the symposium that preceded the evening concert, even though Guthrie was championed by American socialists and communists in the 1930s and ’40s, he never joined their parties. “He was a ‘commonist,’” said national radio commentator, author and former Texas politician Jim Hightower.”

    Rick’s Comment: Jim Hightower is an ultra leftist activist (kind of like Obama), so of course he’d consider Woody’s politics “common”. The social causes and political/labor movements Woody aligned himself with were all of the radical leftist variety. The fact Woody didn’t officially join the organizations means nothing in practical terms. Just pathetic…

    The Della Mae article failed to mention they’ve been provided with a new song to sing at each concert abroad. The song is titled: “We Praise You Oh Dear Leader Obama, Our Light and Salvation”! (lol)

    I’m glad Norah Jones likes those classic sassy attitude country songs from decades past. Although considereing the way she looks on the cover of her new album, I can’t imagine her having to fight for any straight man…

  4. Carrie
    March 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I haven’t personally seen it happen, but Dierks Bentley has either fallen off the stage or fall onstage a handful of times – a YouTube search will pull up many amusing videos.

    I wouldn’t necessarily call it a calamity, but I saw Miranda about a month ago. It was her first show since the death of her father-in-law. Naturally, “Over You” was omitted from the setlist, but she got about halfway through the first verse of “New Strings” and just broke down crying. It was heartwrenching. Then, once she got to “House That Built Me” she didn’t even try. She pointed her microphone toward the audience, and we sang the entire song while she wept.

  5. Sam G.
    March 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Concert calamities: I’ve seen plenty of people forget the words to the song, I’ve seen Joe Ely stumble over a speaker and almost take out the drum kit. Nothing will ever top Shane McGowan ending a song by throwing up on stage, though. Whatever that pink stuff he was drinking that day, he drank a LOT of it.

  6. Donald
    March 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Iggy Pop. Edmonton. 1983, or thereabouts. Dancing/hopping on stage, singing- I’m guessing the vibrations from the sound system caused the sheets of plywood or whatever covered the stage to separate- his leg fell through a gap- huge swelling on the ankle. Carried on.

  7. luckyoldsun
    March 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Didn’t Mel McDaniel fall through a hole in a stage? It damn near killed him.

  8. Matt M
    March 14, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I once saw Dierks Bentley fall off of the stage at a concert. He tried to doing this knee slide thing down the runway that stuck out from the middle of the stage and ended up sliding off of the end of it.

  9. Barry Mazor
    March 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Savannah Churchill, once fairly famous as an R&B singer, in the 40s and early 50s, had her career ended, effectively, when a drunk fell from a balcony and landed on top of her during a set; she never really recovered from the injuries. All things considered, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often..

  10. Jon
    March 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Here’s a video from The Infamous Stringdusters – a live version of the first track on Silver Sky, written by me and their fiddle player, Jeremy Garrett: http://youtu.be/qqrhwkIrBQk .

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